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Russia Places Region Near Sochi on Alert as Six Found Dead

Russia began a counter-terrorism operation in a southern province that borders the Krasnodar region, where the Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi in less than a month, after six bodies were found in abandoned cars.

The security swoop started today at midnight in two districts of the Stavropol region and will include “special measures and temporary restrictions,” the local government said in a website statement. Six bodies riddled with bullets were found yesterday in parked cars, the state-run RIA Novosti news service reported.